Thou­sands in fake cash floods Glad­stone stores

The Observer - - NEWS -

A SPATE of dodgy $100 notes mak­ing the rounds at Glad­stone busi­nesses has prompted a new warn­ing from the Glad­stone Po­lice.

In the past month more than $3000 of fraud­u­lent $100 notes have been handed to Glad­stone Po­lice by res­i­dents and busi­ness peo­ple.

The pa­per-like notes, which of­fi­cer-in-charge, Snr Sgt Jamie Good­win said were ob­vi­ously fake, are printed with Chi­nese char­ac­ters.

Snr Sgt Good­win has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the coun­ter­feit money and is urg­ing Glad­stone peo­ple to re­main vig­i­lant.

He said the cir­cum­stances they were handed in ranged from Glad­stone res­i­dents who found them to busi­nesses that had ac­cepted them.

“These notes were handed to the po­lice from lo­cal busi­nesses af­ter they were at­tempted to be used at a num­ber of shops,” he said.

“It’s con­cern­ing and as we move to­wards a more cash­less so­ci­ety it’s im­por­tant that we re­main vig­i­lant.

In an un­usual spike in coun­ter­feit money, he said it was likely the money was once used for train­ing pur­poses.

“This is not at all com­mon in Glad­stone,” Snr Sgt Good­win said.

“If some­one comes into pos­ses­sion of these notes they should con­tact the po­lice and their bank.”

If you have any in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions phone CrimeStop­pers on 1800 333 000 or Glad­stone Po­lice on 4971 3222.

PHOTO: TE­GAN AN­NETT

More than $3000 of coun­ter­feit money has been handed in to the Glad­stone Po­lice in the past month.

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